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  • Joy

    ★★★★

  • Fan Girl

    ★★★★

  • American Woman

    ★★★½

  • When Angels Sleep

    ★★★

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  • Housebound

    Housebound

    ★★★½

    After a severely botched attempt at an ATM robbery, Kylie (Morgana O'Reilly) is sentenced to 8 months house arrest, in the childhood home she's not been to for years. Mum Miriam (Rima Te Wiata) decides to run with this chance to see her daughter after quite some time.

    Besides the reunion of mother & daughter, while the latter's under house arrest, the house is perhaps haunted & the ghost isn't super thrilled at Kylie's arrival. As if It weren't already crowded enough…

  • Superhost

    Superhost

    ★★★½

    Claire (Sara Canning) & Teddy (Osric Chau) create monetized content for the titular travel vlog. Their gimmick is staying at various vacation rentals, while satirically reviewing both the houses & hosts.

    Superhost is a reasonably popular channel, the two do okay for a while. Of course, the vibe begins to lose its initially biting charm, and people like variety -- "welcome to the internet". Sweet Teddy is also starting to feel kind of shit about the whole thing; Claire's not ecstatic either,…

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  • Joy

    Joy

    ★★★★

    Joy (Anwulika Alphonsus) trains Precious (Mariam Sanusi) to get used to a never-ending cycle of subtle horror. Punctuations of comfort exist yet those "debts" are always there. Madame (Angela Ekeleme) is but one manipulation existing in the path.

    Nonverbal communication drives this with photography that exists inside the house of women and girls trying to pay. To love one another in this lonely life of stark gaslighting. This is bleak. It's not easy. It's also not providing graphic exploitation.

    The…

  • Fan Girl

    Fan Girl

    ★★★★

    On its surface, a rumination on why you shouldn't meet your heroes. Which dovetails about perfectly into how insidious and damaging the patriarchy is. Jane (Charlie Dizon, who'll rip your heart out with her excellence), squeezing between two men on the bus -- who don't even bother to make room for her because to them, she's invisible -- in 4:3 aspect ratio. Center frame, though. We can see her.

    Paulo Avelino as an alternate universe Paulo Avelino. Come home after…

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  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

    ★★★★★

    A gorgeously hyper-violent psychological exploration of one of the most dynamic characters I've ever seen featured on screen. Choi Min-sik's command of facial expressions and body language is just bonkers brilliant. To say his ability to shift from bumbling drunk buffoon in this film's introductory expositional sequences (some of the funniest moments in any film, comedy or not, Choi Min-sik does an incredibly believable drunk) to a hollowed out former prisoner, struggling with his solitary confinement induced monstrosities, while simultaneously…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★★

    This is a film that will always slap for me. That sumptuously thematic editing; the delicious dread dripping down every frame; the gloomy lighting in the Graham house; that perfect combination of melodrama and realism, a film somehow Mumblecore and exceedingly extra in the same breath. Toni Collette's inhuman wailing and full body sink into Annie; that dinner table scene, right after Peter says she's just as responsible as he is because of the party idea, and Steve's like, "SHUT…